Mixed Media / Theatre

The Salinas Movement Project Vol I: The Play

The Salinas Movement Project (SMP) is a 45min live theatrical presentation that incorporates film,  photography, spoken word, music, graphic design, animation, and interactive apps that create a unique experience. Developed as the first installment of many to come, The Salinas Movement Project (Vol.1) addresses issues that impact us both locally and nationally, such as; Police Brutality, School-to-prison-pipeline, and immigration reform. Written by Artists Ink Leaders, in Nov 2016 the first version of this production was performed in March 2017, and with the help of community feedback and dialogue, SMP had its first revised staged reading in May 2017. Now with much care and love, the production is where it was always meant to be, in the hands of the youth. After their first premiere in Nov 2017, the youth have taken the script and revised it to incorporate their stories and what they feel is important to voice about their community.  This production has toured in the schools and in the local and nearby communities, in locations like Alisal High School, Alisal Center for Fine arts, CSUMB Salinas City Center for Arts & Culture and at MILPA’s Academia Ollin Program at Soledad High School.

Theatre

THE BIGGER PICTURE

A Collaboration with Youth Speaks (SF/Oakland based). This project aimed to combat the rising epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in our community by empowering youth to change the conversation about the disease. Through the use of the arts as a tool to educate our community, students and creative leaders developed art that focused on changing the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread.

Mixed Media / Art Installation

COMO LA TIERRA

A Collaboration with Youth Speaks (SF/Oakland based). This project aimed to combat the rising epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in our community by empowering youth to change the conversation about the disease. Through the use of the arts as a tool to educate our community, students and creative leaders developed art that focused on changing the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread.

Feature-Length Film

A TREE IN THE VALLEY - UN ÁRBOL EN EL VALLE

A feature-length film that displays the talent, culture, and potential of the youth in Salinas. Based on multi-disciplinary artworks and stories of inspiration, strength, and individuality. This film incorporates visual arts, music, creative writing, photography, and acting, all by high school students and recent graduates. The purpose of this project was to provide students with the opportunity to voice and express themselves, as well as gain insight into the power of the arts.  “A Tree in the Valley” had its premiere screening at The Fox Theater in May 2014 to a crowd of over 500 people. Through this project, our students learned not only more about their specific art form, but also how to collaborate with other artists, how to curate an exhibit, and the many stages of developing a project.